For some time I have been
entertaining the idea about changing my speaker cables. For last 10
years I have had Silversmith Silver.
For a few months I had
Silversmith Palladium (better vocals - much much richer), but no transparency,
microdetails and no bass whatsoever) huge disappointment overall so I have sold
it cheaply. Strange Palladium are much more expensive then silver, go figure.
When it comes to Silversmith
Silver I have not yet heard more transparent , more open, faster cable at that
price. Recently friend borrow me latest Transparent Audio reference XL
speaker cable (~15k).
At different occasions I have
auditioned a few copper cables (2k-3k USD). My system is very transparent
and analytic. With copper cables it have always had closed muddy
heights, warm slow bass, I have always impression
that copper means putting thick blanket on my tweeters.
So I was mighty surprised that
XL have been as fast and as transparent as Silversmith , at the some time
it had powerful very musical and fast bottom (lows has always been lacking on my YG
Transparent connected best
positive traits of two words, it is open and transparent as silver
and powerful and dynamic as copper (without cheaper copper cables slowness). How it is possible for copper to
sound like this I do not know.
Few years ago I have lived in
different apartment ( it sounded very different) I had different gear
(less analytic and transparent but more dynamic based on Thiel speakers)
another friend borrow me Tara Labs Omega cables.
I still remember that sea of microdetails, very magical delicate
heights, unbelievable rich vocals, no real change in dynamics ( I have
already had Silversmith Silver at that time).
Unfortunately I cannot compare those cable, different room, different gear, different times.
Have anybody had a chance to compare side by side Reference XL with Tara Labs Omega cables ?
Those are cables I have heard for considerable length of time and have been real upgrade to my Silversmith excelling them in many areas and not losing in any.